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Liberec's Opičák Forest Has a Restored Observatory and Visitor Elements

16.05.2022 Toward the end of April, the public was presented with newly refurbished visitors’ infrastructure in a forest known as Opičák, or Monkey, on the north-western outskirts of the city of Liberec. In 2006, this stretch of nature, highly prized by the locals, was bought up and transferred into the ownership of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) as part of the A Place For Nature campaign. Within NET4GAS’s Closer to Nature campaign, it was subsequently furnished with a lookout point and other forest furnishings.

Two New Closer to Nature Sites in Areas of Říčany and Třebíč Opened This Weekend

25.11.2021 Two new sites supported by the Closer to Nature programme, a collaboration of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation and its general partner NET4GAS, were opened to the public in mid-November: The new Pod Dubinami orchard near Říčany, and a new educational trail named after the Bělina Valley (Bělinské údolí) in the Třebíč area.

Wondrous Nooks and Crannies Hidden Away Near Chorušice

01.11.2021 In the southeasternmost corner of the Kokořínsko area, not far from Mšeno, where the forest covers ravines cut deep into the surrounding landscape, the newly-opened educational trail Chorušická zákoutí weaves its way through the countryside, leading visitors to various nooks and crannies hidden away between the municipality of Chorušice and its satellite, the tiny hamlet of Zahájí. The trail, which measures a little over four kilometres in length, was built by the local Koniklec chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) under the auspices of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme, and with a friendly contribution from the municipality of Chorušice.

New Educational Trail around Hněvošice Grove Nature Reserve

18.10.2021 A new educational trail has been opened in the Hněvošický háj (Hněvošice Grove) nature reserve, which lies to the southwest of Hněvošice in the district of Opava. The trail markers, the bridge over the brook, and altogether seven information panels were financed by way of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme and built in collaboration with the Czech Union for Nature Conservation.

The newly restored trail to Pařezov Hill beckons visitors to scale its height – and to help protect rare plant life in the process

28.07.2021 The first site unlocked for visitors so far this year within the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme lies within the Domažlice area, near a town called Pařezov. For a long time, the nearby hillock of the same name – Pařezovský kopec, or Pařezov Hill, a major landscape feature – has been looked after by the local Libosváry chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation, as it provides a home for interesting plant and animal species.

Let's wander through the Tišice landscape

04.12.2020 The educational trail “Wandering through the Tišice Landscape” has been newly opened near the village of Tišice, close to Neratovice. The restored trail takes visitors through various corners of the area, located on the banks of the Elbe River. The nearly 7-kilometre-long trail has been built by the local Koniklec chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) within the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme. Pupils from the Tišice primary school also took part in the creation of this educational trail, and it could therefore be said that it is a gift from children to children.

New Educational Trail Opens to Public Beneath Mařský vrch

11.11.2020 The local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) has built a new educational trail for visitors to the Bohemian Forest and its foothills and uplands. The trail is primarily dedicated to protecting the hazel grouse – thus its name, Bošík’s Hazel Grouse. Why “Bošík”? you may ask. The term of endearment references the fact that the trail lies on the outskirts of Bošice, a municipality in the foothills of the Bohemian Forest. This is the first trail dedicated to the hazel grouse in South Bohemia (indeed, probably in all of Bohemia).

New Educational Trail Guides Visitors Through Wilderness

01.10.2020 Today saw the festive opening of a new educational trail, named Meadows of Kouty and Zábřeh, which leads through the eponymous nature reserve between Kravaře and Dolní Benešov in the District of Opava. It was built by the local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP), which goes by the name of Levrekův ostrov, with generous support from the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme. The trail introduces visitors to the wetlands and waterlogged meadows in the floodplain of the Opava River, and to the plants and animals tied to it.

Visit the kingdom of wetlands – Borek Pools

15.09.2020 The Borek Pools (Borecké tůně) educational wetlands – primarily made up of four small pools and one big pool, were created for amphibians and other species endemic to this biotope. We added a home for beetles and refuges for snakes and birds – additional measures for wildlife and for watching them in their natural habitat. And as a bonus, we threw in a one-of-a-kind information panel, a timber trackway that leads you straight across the surface of the water, interactive toys for children, a bench for taking a rest, and a place to listen to both frogsong and birdsong. The Bernartice chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation has built all of this for nature lovers just outside the municipality of Borek (near Tachov) with the help of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature Programme.

Invitation to Borek Pools

09.09.2020 Let us invite you to the ceremonial opening of a new educational site Borek Pools in the Tachov region. The event will take place on Tuesday 15 September at 10 am near the village of Borek. See the attached invitation for more information. We are looking forward to meeting you there.

ČSOP competitions to start in new school year despite coronavirus

01.09.2020 As the new school year begins, the Czech Union for Nature Conservation rolls out another year of its time-honoured natural-science competitions, with the Environmental Olympics going into their 26th iteration, whereas the Golden Leaf will be 49 years old already. With a bit of tweaking, both competitions were able to be organized even in the era of coronavirus, especially since they will largely take place outside, in open nature.

Closer to Nature Rounds out its Centenary with a Trail Through the Bohemian Karst's Heart

24.07.2020 18 stations with 3 panels along a 9-km route "Through the Bohemian Karst's Heart" – this is a new educational trail seeking to acquaint visitors with the natural treasures and history of the Karlštejn National Nature Reserve in the Beroun district. The trail also marks a centenary: 100 sites have now been completed within the Closer to Nature programme, a long-standing joint initiative of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation and NET4GAS.

Let us invite you to the 100th location: Through the heart of the Czech Karst

20.07.2020 The new nature trail will take visitors through the most beautiful places of the Karlštejn National Nature Reserve. We will meet on Friday, July 24 at 10 am in the village of Srbsko near Berouna, details can be found in the attached invitation.

Management projects of the past year

12.02.2020 The NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme also serves to support management projects: unique practical measures to restore habitats or support certain species. Five such projects were successfully seen through last year and deserve to be given recognition.

New educational trail across volcanic chimneys of Baba (Grandma) and Dědek (Grandpa)

09.11.2019 The densely wooded hilltop named Baba near Mladá Boleslav, which has been a nature reserve since as far back as 1950, may as of today pride itself on having a new educational trail with an interesting concept that is bound to captivate adults and children alike. It was built by the local Klenice chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) within the context of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature Programme and with the support of the town of Kosmonosy.
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